Have you heard of the positive athletes lately?
When was the last time you heard anything good or positive about a professional athlete or a retired athlete? I know everyone is probably thinking about Tim Tebow, but is that the only one out there? There are plenty of athletes just like Tim Tebow out there starting charities and donating to charities. For example, The Chipper Jones Family Foundation is a foundation that was started by Chipper Jones and it contributes to numerous foundations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
There are many athletes out there that have started their own charities and do not get the same amount of media attention like the Tim Tebow's of professional sports. Ryan Klesko, who is a former Atlanta Brave, San Diego Padre, and San Francisco Giant, has several charities that he either works with or has founded. While in San Diego, Ryan had a program called Klesko's Korner where he would take in children who had cancer and let them come to the games. Also, he is a Team Captain for the Make A Wish Foundation. And along with that, he started the Blue Ryno Foundation.
Ben Rothlesberger is another athlete who has started a foundation. His foundation is called the Ben Rothlesberger Foundation. This foundation was established to help support fire and police departments, especially the ones with service dogs. And the other mission for the foundation is to enhance the quality of life for the residents of Findlay, OH and Pittsburgh, PA.
There are many good news stories that our retired and professional athletes have done. The key is to go out there and find them. Sometimes the negativity overshadows the good, but there are still some good athletes out there that take time to help the ones in need just like Mr. Tim Tebow.